Mäag Audio EQ4 Plug-In For Mac & PC
Plugin Alliance has released Mäag Audio EQ4, a plug-in version for Mac and PC of their EQ4 (500 Series) one-channel, six- band equalizer. Like its hardware namesake, the Mäag Audio EQ4 offers “super-tight low-end capabilities,” plus Mäag Audio’s AIR BAND technology, a sweepable high-frequency filter that goes all the way up to 40kHz, designed by company founder Cliff Maag himself. According to Mäag Audio, “Audio gear isn’t the most important thing in life, but to us it’s pretty close to AIR on the ‘got-to-have-it’ list.”
The Mäag Audio EQ4’s bandpass filters (AIR BAND boost-only shelf at 2.5kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz, 20kHz, or 40kHz; 2.5kHz fixed boost and cut shelf; 650Hz fixed boost and cut bell; 160Hz fixed boost and cut bell; 40Hz fixed boost and cut bell; SUB/10Hz fixed boost and cut bell) all interact with each other; increasing the AIR GAIN (+15dB) also slightly increases the overall gain — a normal and necessary byproduct of the design to maintain sound integrity — as the AIR BAND interacts (sums) with the other bandpass filters. Both the original EQ4® and its spin- off Mäag Audio EQ4 plug-in can compensate for added overall gain by simply lowering the five bandpass potentiometers in equal amounts to ensure the EQ remains the same shape, yet lower the overall gain — a different approach to typical equalisers from other manufacturers. The Mäag Audio EQ4 plug-in’s extra LEVEL TRIM feature can, alternatively, be used to lower overall gain, if needed. Meanwhile, ALT/click toggles between a reset for each band and the last status, enabling users to easily bypass individual bands.
The EQ4 and Mäag Audio EQ4 plug-in claim to provide transparency and top-end presence, while maintaining the true natural sound behind the mix; moreover, the unique design results in very little phase shift, helping the user retain original sound integrity and enhance the ‘airy’ frequencies, while tonally shaping the sound from top to bottom. This lack of phase shift combined with the aforementioned AIR BAND® make the Mäag Audio EQ4 the perfect partner for any EQ-shaping needs!
Mäag Audio’s EQ4 is available now in 64- and 32-bit versions, and comes in the following flavors: TDM/VENUE formats — VST 2.4, VST 2.3, RTAS, AU, AAX. Introductory pricing of $179 is in effect until March 3rd when the plug-in goes retail at $229.